God’s love for us

God loves me.

The Creator of all we know loves me.

Wow.

When I sit and really think about how a perfect God could love someone as imperfect as me; it blows my mind.

God is all I need.

But I am so quick to forget.

I become distant, or put other things before Him. I don’t invest or spend time in my relationship with God.

God gave up His ONLY son so that I can be forever with Him!

So shouldn’t I be able to give up Netflix, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, sports; whatever I choose to spend time on instead of Him? To prioritize taking time to read my bible, pray, listen, worship, to invest in my relationship with God.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

-John 3:16-17

Love yourself

Sometimes I think that loving myself is the hardest thing to do.

Through loving God, I learn His heart for loving others. But a huge step in that process is loving myself.

If I am not able to love myself, how can I show love to others?

I think I said it best in the video below, so go watch it 🙂

“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF.”

-Matthew 22:37-39

All the feels

Emotions are such a tricky thing.

When things are hard; I’m the kind of person who tends to stuff what I’m feeling down, instead of dealing with them.

But that’s not helpful!

Not for me, or the people around me.

We shouldn’t pretend everything is okay when it’s not.

God gave us emotions for a reason. Emotions can be an indication of something deeper. A deeper hurt, something we haven’t dealt with.

Experiencing different emotions can also help us relate to others who are feeling those same things; in good times, and bad.

But, we can’t let those emotions dictate our lives.

In this verse, Jesus’ friend had just died; and the bible tells us that:

“Jesus wept”

-John 17:35

But only a few verses later we read: “Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb.” The story then goes on to Jesus raising His friend from the grave.

Jesus took time to feel the loss. He acknowledged the pain He was feeling. He grieved. BUT HE DIDN’T STAY IN THAT PLACE! He took action.

For us that action may not be raising someone from the dead, but this verse shows us that we should never let what we are feeling run our lives. That miracle never would have happened if Jesus stayed in that place.

It’s such a fine balance of not suppressing how we feel, but not letting what we feel determine how we act.

(Disclaimer: I realize that depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses are harder to overcome, and that is something I cannot speak to.)

Faith over Fear

So often in my life I haven’t let myself be who I was created to be because of fear.

I let my fear of the unknown keep me down, instead of stepping out in faith, even when it’s something I know God has gifted me in!

It’s so easy to let that happen.

But I need to remember that God did not give me those things for me or my sake; but for His glory, and to build the body of believers.

Those gifts and talents are nothing that I’ve done or earned, but they are a gift from God. That’s how He made me.

Life is a process. How, when, and where I use those talents will changed through every season of my life.

That is a beautiful [but frustrating] part of life. Part of our journey is learning how to use those gifts and talents through every stage of our lives.

God has given me gifts to bring Him glory, so it makes sense that Satan would attack those things to keep me from bringing God glory.

I need to trust God over my fear, KNOWING that He will be with me.

“God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved”

-Psalm 46:5